Big South Carolina Endorsement for Romney

The Washington Post reports that Romney has received the endorsement of Drew McKissick.:

A Christian Coalition of America officer who ran a successful campaign to ban gay marriage in South Carolina said Thursday he is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential bid and will work for the campaign.

Drew McKissick, the national coalition’s secretary and board member, will be a paid “South Carolina grass roots adviser” for the campaign, Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said Thursday.

“America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joins Team Romney; AZ Team is Solid!

…and it’s a doozy. There are some great names here. I really like Corrine Lovas. She is one of Sen. Kyle’s top fundraisers. Kyle is McCain’s Exploratory Chair and no doubt he would have like Lovas on McCain’s Team. This is a real hit when coupled with multiple reports McCain is tanking.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Honorary Chair: Known around the country as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, he has been one of Arizona’s most popular officials since being elected in 1992. Maricopa County is home to approximately three million people including the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

Jason Rose – State Director: Recognized by the Arizona Business Magazine in 2006 as “Arizona’s PR Heavyweight,” Rose is one of Arizona’s most well-known political consultants. Rose founded Rose & Allyn Public Relations in 1996. The firm’s client list includes prominent members of the Arizona business and political community.

Corinne Lovas – State Finance Director: Lovas is considered the top political fundraiser in Arizona and the Southwest. She has enjoyed countless successes on behalf of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, the Republican National Committee and numerous other Republican candidates and causes.

Additions To Governor Romney’s Arizona Finance Steering Committee:

Ernie Baird: Founding partner of Baird Williams & Greer, LLP. From 1991 to 1997, he served in the Arizona House of Representatives. During his time in the House, he was the House Majority Leader and also served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Scott Bundgaard: An executive with J.P. Morgan, Bundgaard served six years in the Arizona Senate both as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of the Banking Committee. He is a veteran of commercial real estate and finance.

Paul Walsh: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of eFunds Corporation, a leading provider of risk management, electronic payments and global outsourcing solutions. Walsh has 30 years of experience in financial services. He has been the Chairman and CEO of Clareon Corporation, iDeal Partners and Wright Express Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Staples, Inc.

Don Cogman: Cogman is the Chairman of CC Investments, a private investment firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2002, he was appointed by President Bush to serve on a panel tasked with overhauling the United States Postal Service. Cogman currently serves as Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Education Foundation. Formerly, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer World-wide of Burson-Marsteller.

2008 Endorsements: TOP GOP Candidates: Week ending 2/23/07

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Chart as of 2/23

We admit up front that this list is not official. We’ve gathered the names from public news articles and on the candidates website. With that in mind there is no mistake that Mitt Romney increased his endorsement edge.

The difference seems to be a good majority of the Utah delegation getting behind him and making their names public. But there were also numerous endorsements from Georgia and South Carolina. Next week we will make available an endorsement application that will allow you to make contributions to this effort. We will try to source each of these as well.

Mitt Romney
John McCain
Rudy Giuliani
245
118
22
Lawyer James Bopp, Jr.
Jay Sekulow
Former Senator Jim Talent
Former Representative Vin Weber
Glenn Hubbard
Greg Mankiw
Cesar Conda
John Cogan
Governor Matt Blunt
Former Governor Bill Owens
Former Governor James B. Edwards
Senator Robert Bennett
Senator Larry Craig
Senator Jim DeMint
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert
Representative Jim McCrery
Representative Dave Camp
Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon
Representative Bill Shuster
Representative Ed Whitfield
Representative Ginny Brown-Waite
Representative Hal Rogers
Representative Joe Knollenberg
Representative John Campbell
Representative John Duncan
Representative John Linder
Representative Marsha Blackburn
Representative Mike Rogers
Representative Mike Simpson
Representative Pete Hoekstra
Representative Phil Gingrey
Representative Ralph Regula
Representative Robert Aderholt
Representative Rodney Alexander
Representative Ron Lewis
Representative Tom Feeney
Representative Tom Price
Harry Cavanagh
Kevin DeMenna
Lee Hanley
Paul And Susan Gilbert
Wil Cardon
Former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings
Former House Speaker Allan Bense
Former Republican Party Of Florida Chairman Al Cardenas
Former House Speaker John Thrasher
Mayor Rick Baker, St. Petersburg
State Representative Anitere Flores
State Representative Dennis Baxley
State Representative Jennifer Carroll
Former State Representative Dudley Goodlette
Ann Herberger
Mandy Fletcher
Marc Reichelderfer
Sally Bradshaw
David Griffin
Van Poole
• Former House Speaker Brent Siegrist
• Former Congressional Candidate Brian Kennedy
• State House Republican Leader Christopher Rants
Senator Scott Brown
Senator Robert Hedlund
Minority Leader Bradley Jones
Assistant Minority Leader Mary Rogeness
Minority Whip George Peterson
Assistant Minority Whip John Lepper
Representative Fred Barrows
Representative Viriato deMacedo
Representative Lewis Evangelidis
Representative Paul Frost
Representative Susan Gifford
Representative Robert Hargraves
Representative Bradford Hill
Representative Donald Humason
Representative Jeffrey Davis Perry
Representative Elizabeth Poirier
Representative Karyn Polito
Representative Richard Ross
Representative Todd Smola
Representative Daniel Webster
Mayor Michael Sullivan, Lawrence
Sheriff Frank Cousins, Essex County
Sheriff James Cummings, Barnstable County
Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Bristol County
District Attorney Tim Cruz, Plymouth County
District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Cape and Islands
District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, Northwestern Counties
• Michigan House Republican Leader Craig DeRoche (R-Novi)
• Gerry Mason, Michigan Grassroots Chairman
Senator Cameron Brown
Senator Nancy Cassis
Senator Valde Garcia
Senator Jud Gilbert
Senator Roger Kahn
Senator Bruce Patterson
Senator Alan Sanborn

Senator Tony Stamas
Rep. Dan Acciavatti
Rep. Fran Amos
Rep. Dick Ball
Rep. Darwin Booher
Rep. Jack Brandenburg
Rep. Tom Casperson
Rep. Bruce Caswell
Rep. Bill Caul
Rep. John Garfield
Rep. Geoff Hansen
Rep. Dave Hildenbrand
Rep. Jack Hoogendyk
Rep. Ken Horn
Rep. Joe Hune
Rep. Rick Jones
Rep. Martin Knollenberg
Rep. Phil LaJoy
Rep. Jim Marleau
Rep. Kim Meltzer
Rep. Tim Moore
Rep. Chuck Moss
Rep. Neal Nitz
Rep. Paul Opsommer
Rep. Brian Palmer
Rep. Dave Palsrok
Rep. John Pastor
Rep. Phil Pavlov
Rep. Tom Pearce
Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker
Rep. Rick Shaffer
Rep. Fulton Sheen
Rep. John Stakoe
Rep. Howard Walker
• Former Representative Tommy Hartnett (R-SC)
Former Representative Tommy Hartnett
Terry Sullivan, State Director
George Ramsey, Political Director
Mike Green, Coalitions Director
Henry Fishburne
Dick Coen
Larry Richter
Wayland Moody
Ricky Horne
Paul Hogan
Bill Hewitt
Laura Hewitt
John Rivers
Joseph Murray
Gene Zurlo
Treasurer Kay Ivey
State Senator Joe Kyrillos
Cindy Costa
Darrell Crate
David Norcross
Donna Gosney
Jody Dow
June Hartley
Louis Pope
Lynn Windel
Peter Cianchette
Robert Manning
Ron Kaufman
Sara Gear Boyd
Solomon Yue
Tom Rath
Tony Parker
Vance Day
Christopher Collins, Managing Member of First Atlantic Capital, LLC
Mark Guzzetta, President of Gemstone Development
Jon Huntsman Sr., Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation
John Miller, Founding Member of National Beef Packing Company
John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Walbridge Aldinger
Ambassador Mel Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company
Tom Tellefsen, President of Tellefsen Investments
Ted Welch, Owner of Ted Welch Investments
Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay
Senate President John L. Valentine
Majority Leader Curtis S. Bramble
Majority Whip Dan R. Eastman
Assistant Majority Whip Sheldon Killpack
Senator D. Chris Buttars
Senator Allen M. Christensen
Senator Margaret Dayton
Senator John W. (Bill) Hickman
Senator Lyle W. Hillyard
Senator Scott K. Jenkins
Senator Peter C. Knudson
Senator Mark B. Madsen
Senator Howard A. Stephenson
Senator Dennis E. Stowell
Senator Kevin VanTassell
Senator Carlene M. Walker
Speaker Greg J. Curtis
Majority Leader David Clark
Majority Whip Gordon E. Snow
Assistant Majority Whip Brad L. Dee
Rules Chair Stephen H. Urquhart
Representative Douglas C. Aagard
Representative Sylvia S. Andersen
Representative Jim Bird
Representative DeMar Bud Bowman
Representative Melvin R. Brown
Representative Stephen D. Clark
Representative Bradley M. Daw
Representative Glenn A. Donnelson
Representative Jack Draxler
Representative Ben C. Ferry
Representative Julie Fisher
Representative Craig A. Frank
Representative Kevin S. Garn
Representative Kerry W. Gibson
Representative Keith Grover
Representative Wayne A. Harper
Representative Christopher N. Herrod
Representative Kory M. Holdaway
Represent
ative Gregory H. Hughes
Representative Fred Hunsaker
Representative Eric K. Hutchings
Representative Todd E. Kiser
Representative Bradley G. Last
Representative Steven R. Mascaro
Representative John G. Mathis
Representative Kay L. McIff
Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove
Representative Michael T. Morley
Representative Michael E. Noel
Representative Curtis Oda
Representative Aaron Tilton
Representative Mark W. Walker
Representative Richard W. Wheeler
Representative Carl Wimmer
Representative Scott L. Wyatt
Senator Orrin Hatch
Georgia House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter
Eric J. Tanenblatt
Sam Olens
Oscar N. Persons
Fred Cooper
Nancy Coverdell
Senator Bill Mescher
Councilman Joe Dill
Representative Alan Clemmons
Representative Nikki Haley
Representative Chip Huggins
Representative Ted Pitts
Senator Ronnie Cromer
Representative Nathan Ballentine

Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers
Marlys Popma
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
Rep. Rick Renzi (Ariz.)
Rep. Ray LaHood (Ill.)
Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.)
Sen. Trent Lott (Miss.)
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Sen. John Thune
Cory Tilley
J. Antonio Villamil
John “Mac” Stipanovich
Governor Bob Martinez
Matt Mayberry
John Chambers
Fred Smith
Guy Rodgers
Manny Kadre
Marty Fiorentino
Brian Ballard
David Azbell
De Byerly
Marlene D. Elwell
Fred Zeidman
Dax Swatek
Eileen Weiser
George Dean Johnson, Jr
Hayden Dempsey
Ed Failor, Jr., Executive Vice President of Iowans for Tax Relief
Rob Gray
Maxine Sieleman
Trey Walker
Steve Schmidt
John Thain
Jerry Perenchio;
John A. Moran;
Thomas G. Loeffler;
James B. Lee, Jr.;
Lewis M. Eisenberg
Donald R. Diamond
Donald Bren
James Huffines
Florida Republican Party Vice Chairman J. Allison DeFoor
Florida Attorney General Jim Smith
Governor Jane Swift
Macomb County Republican Chairwoman Janice Nearon
Michigan Republican Party Ethnic Vice Chair Andrew Wendt
state Rep. David Law
state Rep. Lorence Wenke
state Rep. Glenn Steil, Jr
state Rep. Judy Emmons
Senator Randy Richardville
Agustin G. Corbella
Jon Huntsman
Mark Shurtleff
Governor William P. Clements
Robert Mosbacher
R. McCombs
Mike Cox
Dave Dishaw
Chairman Glenn Clark
Doug Smith
Alec Poitevint
South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond
Michigan RNC Committeeman Chuck Yob
Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
Bobby Harrell, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
State Senator Michelle McManus
Karen Slifka, Regional Political Director for the Republican National
U.S. Senate candidate Keith Butler
Rep. Spencer Bachus
John E. Lyons, Jr.
Senator Wayne Kuipers
Senator Olympia Snowe
Senator Susan Collins
Representative Josh Tardy
State Senator John Gallus
Representative Bill Remick
Representative John Tholl, Jr
former Michigan House Speakers Chuck Perricone
Speaker Johnson
Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL-06)
Rep. John Shadegg (AZ-03)
Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19)
Rep. Mark Kirk (IL-10)
Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-03)
George Gallo
Assistant Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer
Representative Kevin Elsenheimer
Minority Floor Leader Chris Ward
Winton Blount III
Rep. Ric Keller
Rep. LaTourette
Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Tim Howe
Mayor Carlos Alvarez
Rep. Ric Keller
Rep. LaTourette
Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Tim Howe
Mayor Carlos Alvarez
Rep. Christopher Shays
Republican National Committeewoman Eileen Slocum
Rep. Robert Watson
Former Senator Phil Gramm
Attorney General McKenna
Congressman Chip Pickering (MS-03)
Governor Mitch Daniels
Michigan State Senator John Pappageorge
Governor Frank Keating
Rep. Mike Castle
Delaware Speaker of the House Terry Spence
Former Senator Mike DeWine
Senator Hugh Leatherman
Candice Miller
Susan Molinari
David Dreier
Dr. Mark P. Campbell
Rick Wiley
Bill Stepien
Jake Menges
Cary Evans
K.C. Jones
Matthew R. Mahoney
Brian Cresta
Michael Knapik
Brian Lees
Bruce Tarr
Richard Tisei
Ted Olson
Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent
Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.)
Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.)
Rep. Peter King
Rep. Candice Miller
Rep. Pete Sessions

Georgia on my Mind

Serving on Governor Romney’s statewide team will be House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter, Congressman John Linder, Congressman Phil Gingrey, Congressman Tom Price, Eric J. Tanenblatt, Cobb County Commissioner Sam Olens, Oscar N. Persons, Fred Cooper and Nancy Coverdell.

3 Congressmen, a leader in the GA House and the wife of a beloved fmr. Senator, Paul Coverdell, who died in office. Impressive team.
Georgia votes March 4th with 8 other states

Exclusive Interview with James Bopp on Mitt Romney

James Bopp, Jr, who recently endorsed Governor Romney for President, recently took time to answer a few questions on why he decided to endorse Romney.
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MMM: Why did you endorse Mitt Romney?

Bopp: I believe that Governor Romney is the best qualified person for President. He is a fiscal and social conservative, he has impressive administrative experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors, and he is a proven and successful politician.

MMM: Given Governor Romney’s well documented statements on abortion in the past what would you say to pro-life leaders who remain concerned about Romney’s commitment to the movement given his recent conversion to it.

Bopp: The pro-life movement is open to converts. Two of our most stalwart pro-life presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, were converts. I believe that Governor Romney’s conversion on the pro-life issue is sincere for three reasons. First, it was based on a real life pivot point, when Harvard researchers told him that there was no “moral issue” with embryonic stem cell research because they “destroy the embryos at 14 days.” This had a profound effect on him.

Second, as Governor, he consistently pursued pro-life policies. He vetoed the bill providing state funding for embryonic stem cell research, he vetoed a bill that provided for the “morning after pill” without a prescription because it is an abortifacient, he vetoed legislation which would have redefined Massachusetts longstanding definition of the beginning of human life from fertilization to implantation, and he fought to promote abstinence education in the classroom. These actions as Governor, and others, have lead leaders of the most important social conservative groups in Massachusetts, including Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Massachusetts Family Institute and the Knights of Columbus, to observe that, while previous comments by Ronmey “are, taken by themselves, obviously worrisome to social conservatives including ourselves, they do not dovetail with the actions of Governor Romney from 2003 until now – and those actions positively and demonstrably impacted the social climate of Massachusetts.” They conclude that Romney “demonstrat[ed] [his] solid social conservative credentials by undertaking” these actions, and has, therefore, “proven that he shares our values, as well as our determination to protect them.”

Third, I have met with Governor Romney and asked him the questions that I think need answered. I am satisfied with his answers.

MMM:While Rudy Giuliani has obvious flaws for the Pro-life movement John McCain’s are not as apparent.Why should pro-life voters care about the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act(BCFRA), or McCain-Feingold.

Bopp: While both Giuliani and McCain would be superior to any potential Democrat nominee, I have serious policy differences with each of them.

Giuliani is not a social conservative. He is pro-choice, pro-partial birth abortion, pro-special rights for homosexuals, soft on gay marriage and pro-gun control.

Senator McCain opposes the federal marriage amendment, supports embryonic stem cell research and was a ringleader of the Gang-of-14 compromise that made it easier for Democrats to block President Bush’s judicial nominees. He voted against Bush’s tax cuts, supports an amnesty plan for illegal immigrants, and supports the Kyoto-like restrictions on the American economy.

Finally, Senator McCain is the principal sponsor of the McCain-Feingold bill which imposes severe limits on the participation of citizens groups and political parties in our representative democracy. The pro-life movement should care about McCain-Feingold because it has seriously undermined our ability to accomplish our policy goals by making it much harder to influence public policy.

MMM: How do you think a Romney Presidency will advance the pro-life movement?

Bopp: I think he will support pro-life legislation, continue the Bush administration’s pro-life policies and nominate judges in the mold of Justices Scalia and Thomas.

MMM: Do you think pro-life issues will affect the Republican Primary?

Bopp:Yes, the vast majority of Republican primary voters are pro-life and want a pro-life President.

Many thanks to James Bopp Jr. for taking the time to talk with us.

More on Bopp’s Endorsement

Life News interviewed Bopp on his endorsement of Romney today:

Saying that former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush were converts to as well, Bopp told LifeNews.com that the pro-life community “needs to be open to those who have a sincere conversion to the pro-life cause.”

“When he was Governor and scientists were attempting to persuade him to support government funding of embryonic stem cell research, they said that there was no moral issue, because they destroy the embryos after 14 days,” Bopp explained. “This hit him hard, how Roe v. Wade had cheapened life, and he publicly announced that he wanted to be considered pro-life.”

He said a specific life-changing experience like Romney’s is “persuasive.”

Bopp also indicated that Romney’s subsequent actions have affirmed his newfound pro-life stance.

“He vetoed the bill on embryonic stem cell research and some other efforts to liberalize the Massachusetts abortion law,” Bopp said.

Ultimately, Bopp told LifeNews.com that a frank discussion of pro-life issues persuaded him.

“I have meet with him personally, discussed these issues with him and am satisfied that his pro-life position is sincere,” he concluded.

Major Pro-Life Endorsement!!

Today the Romney Campaign announced that James Bopp, Jr. Esq., has endorsed Mitt Romney for President and that he will serve as a special adviser on Life issues.

This is a major pickup for Romney. Let’s take a look at it:

WHO IS JAMES BOPP, JR. ESQ. (View full Bio here)

  • General Counsel to National Right to Life Committee (1978-present)
  • General Counsel to James Madison Center for Free Speech(1994-present
  • Special Counsel to Focus on the Family(2004 – present)
  • President of National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled, Inc(1984-present)
  • Practice area: Constitutional Law; Civil Litigation; Non-Profit Corporations Law; Election and Campaign Finance Law; Civil Appeals; Administrative Agency Practice
  • RNC member

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

This is important on two levels. First, James Bopp is a trusted figure in the Pro-life movement. Hundreds, if not thousands of local pro-life leaders have used James Bopps legal memos in their activism. He has spoken at many pro-life events and conventions, including three that I’ve been at. This will go a long way in gaining the trust of the pro-life movement.

It is also important on another level. James Bopp is one of the leading opponents of Campaign Finance Reform Laws, or put another way: McCain-Feingold.

Consider the following:

Bopp’s actions at the RNC Winter Meeting:

Members of the Republican Nat’l Committee passed on Thursday a
strongly-worded resolution rebuking a signature accomplishment of their party’s
frontrunner, Sen. John McCain — his Bipartisan Campaign Finance Act, known as
McCain-Feingold.

The 13-paragraph resolution, sponsored by RNC member and campaign finance
litigator James Bopp Jr, urges Congress to “adopt common sensereforms of BCRA

Bopp’s latest legal actions:

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take another look at the federal ban on
naming specific candidates in “issue ads” immediately before elections.

The ban, which applies 30 days before primaries and 60 days before general
elections, is a key provision in the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act. The court
upheld the act three years ago, when Sandra Day O’Connor was still an
associate justice.

She has since retired and has been replaced by Samuel Alito.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

Giuliani is completely unacceptable to Pro-Life issue voters. McCain, though, isn’t as obvious in his threat to the Pro-Life movement. Romney’s latest endorsement gives him a forceful, pro-life voice to remind the movement why McCain has been a threat to the movement.

It’s a two-for-one deal for the Romney Campaign: burnishing Romney’s pro-life credentials and tarnishing McCain’s.

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